Homemade sourdough and slow rising bread recipe

I am very happy with the result of this bread. I have prepared this recipe for homemade slow-rising sourdough bread and I have had some great bars. I could also have made a loaf or a rustic bread with the same dough but I wanted to make it into bars, to put into practice what I learned at St. Vith about artisan breads by leaving them to ferment in the cold for many hours.

To make this bread, I wanted to use the formula they use when making the MUM slow dough breads that were provided to me on my trip to Belgium, and everything I learned about sourdough to get a bread with a lot of flavor, quite alveolate and very crispy . I hope you are encouraged to prepare it because it has been great.


For people
  • Wheat flour 500 g
  • Sourdough 200 g
  • Cold water 340 ml
  • Salt 10 g
  • Fresh baker's yeast 2.5 g

How to make homemade slow rising sourdough bread

Difficulty: Easy
  • Total time 1 hour
  • Cooking 1 hour
  • Repose 12 h

To make this bread from which we will get three bars with these quantities, we mix the ingredients until we obtain a dough. I have done it with a mixer but you can do it perfectly by hand on a floured surface. We make a kind of volcano with flour, we add the sourdough in the center and add the water little by little until the dough is formed.

As we want this dough to ferment cold, it is important to use cold water from the fridge so that the yeast fermentation process is very slow. This fermentation after making the mixture will also be done in the fridge as I will explain later.

With the indicated quantities, 1050 g of bread dough are obtained, which is just enough for 3 loaves of 350 g. In case you want to use another quantity or make other formats, the proportion in percentages of the total mixture is: for a weight of 100% flour, use 40% sourdough, 68% water, 2% salt and 0.5% yeast.

Once the mixture is made, we let it ferment as a block. To do this, we shape and tension the dough into a ball and put it in a bowl. Sprinkle with flour, cover with a cloth and let it ferment very slowly in the fridge for at least 16 hours. I left it for 24 hours, baking it from one day to the next.

The next day, we remove the dough and divide it into three parts to make the three bars, leaving them at room temperature for about an hour. Then we form the bars, stretching the dough and folding it on itself in three thirds, pressing to close each fold. Once it has an elongated shape, we stretch it by sliding it on the table and let it rest at room temperature - already with its shape - for about an hour.

Baking is done at 230º initially with steam, leaving the bars in the oven for about 35 minutes, until they have a nice golden color. If you do not have a steam oven you can put a tray with water while the oven is preheating or sprinkle with a spray for the first few minutes. Just before putting the bars in the oven, we cut a few -shaggy- with a blade and sprinkle with raw flour. In the oven we will notice how they grow immediately and how the cuts open.

With what to accompany the homemade sourdough bread and slow fermentation

This homemade slow-fermenting sourdough bread is a very crunchy bread with a lot of flavor, very different from the breads that we usually find in the trade. Although it is difficult to resist the temptation to eat it hot, it is preferable to let it finish cooking inside while it cools so that the alveoli form and the crumb is well cooked. To take with sausage or at the time of the aperitif it is wonderful.

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